On Thursday 10 September the NSPCC published its Annual Review of ChildLine’s helpline activity covering the period 2014-201515. The review reports that in this period there were nearly 290,000 ChildLine counselling sessions with children and young people about issues affecting them. The top ten reasons about which children and young people contacted ChildLine were:-
- Family Relationships
- Low self-esteem/unhappiness
- Bullying/online bullying
- Friendship Issues
- Sex/relationships/puberty/sexual health
- School/education problems
- Mental health/depressive disorders
The review provides an analysis of the numbers of children and young people counselled by ChildLine, their characteristics, and trends over recent years.
Abuse remains a priority issue that children and young people contact ChildLine about. Last year over 26,000 children and young people contacted us with concerns about sexual, physical or emotional abuse or neglect.
‘Always there when I need you’ has a particular focuses on mental health and wellbeing concerns. As can be seen from the listing above, four of the top ten reasons for contacting ChildLine relate to mental health. To read more click here
Alongside this publication the NSPCC have also launched a partnership with 02 which seeks to ensure that parents have access to practical advice and support to help keep their children safe online. The partnership are providing one-on-one free expert technical advice to parents via a dedicated new helpline (0808 800 5002), as well as interactive workshops delivered in workplaces and schools. To find out more and to encourage parents you work with to sign-up to the workshops click here or visit www.o2.co.uk/help/nspcc